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Thursday, February 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 8, 2013

Fully 6 months after winning a second term in office, President Obama has (finally) nominated a candidate for U.S. Secretary of Transportation to replace outgoing DOT Chief Ray LaHood. On April 29th, Anthony Foxx, the Mayor of Charlotte, N.C., was tapped for the role.

China looks inwards as export demand remains weak

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on October 25, 2012

China became known as the world’s factory by offering manufacturing costs that could not be matched by the developed nations. Its wages paid to uneducated rural migrant labour were a fraction of the mostly unionized pay required in the West, and land for factories was plentiful and cheap.

China factories being pushed over the edge

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on November 8, 2011

We asked the question last week that retailers in the US and Europe must surely be ready to put in last minute orders to restock their inventories before the Christmas buying season starts in earnest. Yesterday we received the answer, from the US, at least.

On-Line exams for Certificates of Competency

Posted to On-Line exams for Certificates of Competency (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 15, 2011

As the clamor for holding examinations for certificates of competency (COC) on-line took on a strident pitch, head honchos and leading lights of the maritime trade especially from manning agents, training institutes, ship owners, classification…

Proposed Indian Ports Bill could get shelved

Posted to Proposed Indian Ports Bill could get shelved (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 6, 2011

The Government of India proposal to come out with the Indian Ports Bill for replacing the extant Indian Port Act, 1908 and the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963 in order to meet the current operational and developmental requirements of the Indian Ports sector.

A PR Opportunity Wasted

Posted to Observations (by Charmaine Berina) on January 14, 2011

Did you know that 2010 was designated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London as the “Year of the Seafarer?” No? Don’t feel lonely. No one else knew it either. The idea of focusing the attention of the maritime industry and…

State Dep’t & USCG Respond to Suez Canal Firearms Prohibition

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on September 8, 2010

It has been reported that, about two months ago,  the Suez Canal Authority began enforcing a prohibition on merchant vessels transiting the Canal with firearms on board. A vessel with weapons is now required to hand them over to Egyptian authorities…

On Environmental Offices

Posted to We Love Your Ship (by Joseph Wrinn) on June 15, 2010

We create efficient designs, why don’t we work in environmentally friendly offices? As engineers, we always look for ways to improve on our designs. The first improvement in design usually occurs when we can design a more efficient solution to the given problem.

Will the Korea who blew up that warship please report to the principal’s office

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on April 27, 2010

South Korea’s government believes it was a torpedo that blew up and sank its warship near the border with North Korea last month. The 1,200-tonne Cheonan was blown in two on March 26 by an “external explosion”, according to an investigation…

Did the Chilean Quake Shorten Earth Days?

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on March 3, 2010

According to a report from NASA, the Feb. JPL research scientist Richard Gross computed how Earth's rotation should have changed as a result of the Feb. 27 quake. Using a complex model, he and fellow scientists came up with a preliminary calculation…

Trumpeting year-on-year growth an annoying practice this time around

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on February 23, 2010

Ports and terminal operators across China are showing some impressive year-on-year container throughput growth for January. The problem is that in January last year the container throughput arrow at the ports in question was heading in the same direction as a downhill skier in Vancouver…